Arctic

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The Arctic is a treasure of life and beauty, home to millions of people and amazing wildlife.

Approximately 30 different peoples with unique cultures and traditions call the Arctic and subarctic regions “home”. The Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, many of them Inuit, inhabit the most northern regions of North America, Eurasia and Greenland. Modern times have brought great change to life in the Arctic, but many people still live in very close connection with the land and depend on their natural environment and the Arctic wildlife.

Walruses, narwhals, Arctic foxes, beluga whales and polar bears are among the most iconic animals to be found in the Arctic, and they provide examples of the beauty, uniqueness and diversity of Arctic wildlife. Life in the Arctic forms a complex and delicate ecosystem.

Canada’s Arctic sector covers 1,425,000 square kilometers and is home to many Inuit, First Nations, Dene, Métis and non-Indigenous communities. After Greenland, the Canadian Arctic Archipelago is the world’s largest high-Arctic land area.

What happens in the Arctic also affects the lives of people far away. Arctic ice and snow help regulate our climate by reflecting incoming sunlight back into space, acting like a refrigerator for the planet. Arctic permafrost stores massive amounts of carbon, and as it thaws this carbon gets released and threatens to push global warming completely out of control. Melting Arctic ice on land raises global sea levels and could drown coastal communities and small island nations. The Arctic also influences weather patterns for the northern hemisphere.

Rising temperatures caused by climate change are rapidly altering the face of the Arctic, bringing new risks and big challenges for the environment and wildlife, as well as for people in the Arctic and all around the world.

Greenpeace has mobilized over seven million people to take a stand and help ensure the protection desperately needed at the top of the world. To add your voice sign the petition at SavetheArctic.org

The latest updates

 

NEW: Arctic Oil Spill Play Set by LEGO & Shell!

Blog entry by Alex Speers-Roesch | July 30, 2014 2 comments

The Greenpeace crew hit the streets of Toronto this past weekend to promote the newest fruit of LEGO’s partnership with Shell: the new Arctic Oil Spill LEGO set! We showed it to people walking down the street, recorded their reactions,...

Are big companies using spurious copyright claims to try to stop our viral film...

Blog entry by James Turner | July 12, 2014

This week we released a short creative film which explores the relationship between Shell and LEGO, the world's most popular toy company. We're calling on LEGO to ditch its co-branding deal with Shell, a company that wants to drill in...

Why is Shell's PR team quietly removing details about its deal with LEGO?

Blog entry by James Turner | July 11, 2014

The internet is a funny thing. Earlier today I innocently posted a link to a video about how valuable Shell's deal with LEGO is. According to @irisworldwide , LEGO's promo deal with Shell is one of the biggest in the company's...

New Video - LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome

Blog entry by Sara Ayech | July 9, 2014

This morning we released a new video asking much-loved toy company LEGO, to ditch its partnership with Shell. The film depicts an Arctic made entirely of LEGO, and imagines an oil spill in this beautiful and pristine part of the...

It’s time for LEGO to block Shell

Blog entry by Greenpeace | July 4, 2014

Imagine you’re eight years old and picture the Arctic. There are no oil rigs, no industrial shipping and no politicians fighting over it. It’s just an endless sparkling expanse of sea and ice, populated by wondrous animals, brave...

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